Over the last year or so, I’ve spent a lot of time reading Theodore Roosevelt’s letters. (Why? Here’s a hint.) They’re stored at the Library of Congress as well as Harvard. They’re also available in many books. One of the best and most revealing is a collection called Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children, published in 1919. These letters to the Roosevelt kids add a special dimension to TR, a man of great intellect and forceful opinions. On these pages, he’s a doting father, always loving, frequently proud, occasionally anxious. Together, they comprise a remarkable record.
A new letter, previously unknown to scholars, has just surfaced. TR wrote it to his youngest son, Quentin, in 1903. It even includes a drawing. It will soon go to the highest bidder.